Fall 2004—Tues./Thur. 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Lisa Wenger
Phone: 334-5867 (w) or (336) 775-2255 (h)
Mailbox: 133 McIver
Office: 137 McIver
Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11-12:30
ENG 102 is similar to ENG 101 in its emphasis on writing. However, 102 expands the field to include spoken communication as well. This course is speaking intensive.
? Interpret and evaluate argumentative discourse, including writing and speech
? Construct cogent arguments
? Communicate those arguments clearly, coherently and effectively
? Locate, synthesize, and evaluate relevant information
? Demonstrate an understanding of the aims and methods of intellectual discourse
? Weight evidence and evaluate arguments of differing viewpoints
This course will utilize group work and group projects, informal and formal speeches, discussion, written assignments, and research to strengthen both your speaking and writing abilities. Peer and instructor feedback, as well as revision, will be utilized to enhance and expand these skills. You also will build researching skills through various projects that call for argument analysis, argument evaluation, and argument development.
Worthen: The Harcourt Anthology of Drama, Brief edition
Aaron: The Little, Brown Essential Handbook for Writers, 3rd edition
Floppy Discs for saving writing, Paper
This course is graded on a point system, building toward a cumulative total, which is then calculated at the end of the semester into percentage grades.
Freewritings 5 points each
Peer Evaluation Forms 10 points each
Impromptu Speech 15 points
Discussion Questions 15 points
Quizzes 5-10 points each
Participation 200 points
(includes group work, class discussions, etc)
Playbill Project & Presentation 100 points
Group Discussion Lead 150 points
Character Monologue 150 points
Drama Research Paper & Presentation 200 points
Act Rewrite 150 points
You are allowed 2 absences. After the 2nd absence, your grade will be lowered one letter grade for each absence. If you miss more than 4 classes, you will fail. Additionally, if you are late to class 3 times, it will count as one absence.
Missing due dates: Unless you have a valid reason for missing (i.e. doctor’s note, funeral, etc…), if you do miss a class when an assignment was due, or an in-class writing or activity was done, you will get a zero. Additionally, your final participation grade will be lowered.
Late Papers, Presentations & Projects: Papers will be docked 10% of the final grade for each day they are late. Hence, papers that are 10 days late automatically get a 0.
As ideas and information will freely flow in class, respect for others is imperative. Disrespectful behavior toward classmates will not be tolerated, and students will be asked to leave the classroom and marked absent for the day.
Additionally, cell phones and pagers should be turned off during class.
In any writing class, plagiarism is a great risk. Plagiarism includes the use of the words or ideas of another person or organization without clearly naming the original source. All sources must be credited properly and any use of the original source’s wording must be enclosed in quotation marks.
Plagiarism is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy (see student handbook or www.uncg.edu/saf/studiscp/Honor.html). If you have any questions are concerns regarding accidental plagiarism in an assignment, please see me before the paper is due.
THE WRITING CENTER
If you need help with your writing, please take advantage of the Writing Center, located in 101 McIver. The Writing Center is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can contact the Writing Center at 334-3125.
THE SPEAKING CENTER
The University Speaking Center, located in 22 McIver, provides students with assistance in speech preparation, delivery, and in developing knowledge and skills in the areas of interpersonal and group communication. The Speaking Center is open Monday-Thursday from Noon – 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You can contact the Speaking Center at 256-1346.
If you would like to request accommodations for a disability that could effect your performance in this course, please contact me and/or the office of Disability Services at 334-5440
This syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible to note any such changes.
ENG 102: Composition II Class Schedule
8-17: Introduction to Course
8-19: Course Planning/Library
8-24: Course Planning/Library
8-26: Trifles, 631-636
CD: Assignments Folder—Playbill Project
Playbill Project Assigned
Group 1 Meets with me
8-31: Group 1
9-2: Group 1
Group 2 Meets with me
9-7: Group 2
9-9: Group 2
CD: Assignments Folder—Character Monologue
Character Monologue Assigned
9-14: Playbill Presentations
9-16: Playbill Presentations
Group 3 Meets with me
9-21: Group 3
9-23: Group 3
9-28: CD: Readings—The Bear
9-30: Workshop—Character Monologue
CD: Handouts—Peer Speech Evaluation
10-5: Character Monologue Presentations
10-7: Character Monologue Presentations
CD: Assignments—Drama Research Paper
Handouts—Paper Format & All handouts in the Researching folder
Drama Research Paper & Presentation Assigned
Group 4 Meets with me
10-12: No Class—Fall Break
10-14: CD: Readings—Before Breakfast
10-19: Group 4
10-21: Group 4
Group 5 Meets with me
10-26: Group 5
10-28: Group 5
11-2: Workshopping—Drama Research Presentation & Paper
CD: Handouts—Peer Critique & Peer Speech Evaluation
11-4: Drama Research Presentations
11-9: Drama Research Presentations
Drama Research Papers Due
11-11: Group Work & Planning—Act Rewrite
CD: Assignments—Act Rewrite
Act Rewrite Assigned
Group 6 Meets with me
11-16: Group 6
11-18: Group 6
11-23: No Class—Work on Act Rewrites
11-25: No Class—Thanksgiving
11-30: Act Rewrite Performances
12-2: Act Rewrite Performances
At least once a week, you will be given a freewriting prompt related to the reading. You will then write for 10 minutes on the topic. These will not be returned
Each student will be responsible for 2 discussion questions through the semester. On your assigned dates, you will come to class with a question to pose to the class about the day’s reading.
Each student will do one impromptu speech during the semester. On the day you are chosen or you volunteer, classmates will select a spontaneous topic that you will speak freely on for 1-2 minutes.
Peer Critiques and Peer Speech Evaluations
These forms will be used periodically through the semester to get feedback on both your speeches and your writing
Group Presentations & Discussion Leads
Each group will be required to lead the discussion during a 2 day time period.
1) Selecting either 1 Long Play or 2 short plays for the class to read
2) Preparing a Group Presentation that encompasses researching:
? the play(s) author or authors
? the plays critical reception and background
These presentations can also include
? information about the play’s style
? information about the way the play was originally produced
? information about the way the play is now produced
? information about the theatre at the time
? any other aspects you think might be relevant
*NOTE: You can find brief synopses about most of these aspects in the beginning of the units. Brief author information appears before each play. Some critical information is found at the end of the unit. Your group can utilize these materials as a starting point
3) Creating 1-2 freewriting leads related to the play or plays your group chose—these will help get discussion going
4) Creating discussion questions and leading the discussions on your readings. Methods can include:
? group work
? group or class discussions
? planned activities and games
? visual aids such as posters, charts and photos
? anything else you can think of
*Note: If you wish to use music and/or videos for your discussion, please let me know in advance so I can get the equipment needed.
You will have time during the first few class periods to work in your groups planning and selecting your readings
Each group is required to meet with me the class period before their discussion lead starts in order to go over what you have planned for each day and give me any handouts you need copied.
ENG 102 Theatre Research:
Tips and Guides
Go to: http://library.uncg.edu
1. Library Catalog
? use the Keyword search option to find books on the plays, authors, and theatre
? From the left hand menu of “Electronic Databases by subject (in yellow) click on the link for English, then scroll down the page
? Literature Resource Center is a great database that usually contains all sorts of information on both authors and their writings
? Scribner Writer’s Series database also might be useful
? General databases such as Academic Search Elite and Education Full Text also often have articles on writers and their writings. These databases will also contain articles about theatre as well
? If you keep scrolling through the English Databases, you will find many other databases that you can explore
? Some databases contain abstracts as well as full text articles. Make sure you check the search option for full text articles only when searching the databases, or you will end up with a lot of unusable things.
3. The Internet
? Here, you can often find recent reviews of productions and even critical and biographical information on plays and writers.
However, be careful because not all Internet sources are credible. Also, Do Not use only web sources for your research. You must include database and/or book sources as well.
? This particular link will be very, very useful!
? This link provides links to a ton of different resources set up last semester for my 102 classes. Here, you will find links to everything from databases to theatre resources. You will also find information on evaluating web sources and information on MLA style.